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Sociology Study Guide: Exam 3

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Sociology Study Guide: Exam 3 Socy 1000

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Sociology: Global Perspective
Carl Backman
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Date Created: 10/16/16
Types of Societies  Typology of societies – (based on societies and their primary mode of subsistence) o Primary  hunting and gathering – no plant cultivation  horticultural – cultivation but no plow  agrarian – cultivation with plow  industrial – use of inanimate energy o Secondary:  Fishing  Herding  Maritime  Hybrid (combination of types)  Hunting consequences o Add protein/energy rich food to diet o Encourages/rewards teamwork o Expands productivity of an area  Productivity = yield per unit of land (ex. Calories/acre) o Encourages gender division of labor  men stronger  3 Characteristics of Hunter-Gatherer Societies o nomadic  eventually you eat all of the edibles in a place and kill or drive off all the game  move  discourages having stuff to drag around  encourages joint decision making o limited (small) size  only so much food per acre  more people = higher need for food o limited knowledge  of alternatives  of science  extraordinary knowledge of surroundings  Hunter-Gatherer Demography o Close balance overall between births and deaths  Slow growth rates o Equilibrium perhaps due to  High death rates from disease and accidents  Diet  fertility relationship  Lousy diet  low fertility  Nursing reduces fertility  Maternal mobility increases risk of miscarriage  Late marriage, post-partum sex taboos  Widespread infanticide and abortion  Hunter-Gatherer Families o Kinship  Extended families  Bilateral descent  Fictive kin  Clans  Maximizes support  Hunter-Gatherer Religion o Typically, animistic  Attribution of a soul to plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena  Hunter-Gatherer Polity o Some groups will have group heads and shaman o Everyone has equal access to weaponry  Later developments of military specialists create serious gaps in power of groups o Ex. Farmers vs. mounted soldiers  Hunter-Gatherer Economy o No advantage to surplus  Problems with storage and transport o Famously do not work too hard  No benefit to getting more than needed  Hunter-Gatherer Demise o Hunter-gatherers didn’t ‘go away’ but were eclipsed o Plant domestication leads to greater productivity for proto- horticulturalists o Land under cultivation takes land from HG activity o HG replacement by horticulturalists = not abrupt o Still find HG’s in difficult places for planting  Deserts, jungles  Now live in some form of hybrid arrangement o Other factors  Climate change (globalization) (global warming)  Affects game animal ranges  Affects plant availability  Population growth  Growth rate increasing  Horticultural Societies o Horticulturalists cultivate plants  Clear land = plant crops o Requires domestication of plants o Requires knowledge of how to process the plant  Ex. Remove heads from stalk (wheat) etc. o Like to have surplus  Average horticulturalists can produce more food than needed for one person  Surplus allows some people to focus on something other than food  Tends to generate enough surplus for full-time occupational specialization  Creates a division of labor o Can increase/strengthen social integration  Folks not producing food/surplus must find a way to convince producers to share their surplus  Horticulture: o When and Where  Horticulture societies appear about 10,000 years ago with domestication of wheat, barley, lentils, beans and maize o Technology  Land is cleared by burning  Ash from burn fertilizes  Land fairly quickly loses productivity  Nutrients used up  Weeds pop up o Occasionally need to relocate  Advanced horticulture adds metallurgy to the technology  Copper alloys like bronze and brass  Metal makes and holds better edges  Valuable for tools and weapons  Weapons improved  More warfare o Demography  Larger societies than HG  Permanent settlements  Some migration eventually inheritable due to loss of fertility  Multiple communities in one society o Social Characteristics  Accumulation of property by individuals  Gender based division of labor  Trade  Warfare  Inequality  Some others may have more stuff and more power than others  Surplus may be appropriated  Agrarian Societies o Horticultural and agrarian societies both prepare soil, plant seeds, tend plants and harvest o ‘soil’ worked by horts is a couple of inches deep, fertilized by ashes of burned plants  quickly loses fertility, left fallow for years o plow allows for more use of soil  soil needs less fallow time o draft animals are key to plowing  stronger than humans  requires domestication  more than meet  many inventions to help with plowing  harness  wheel and axle o more surplus with plow  allows for further elaboration of the division of labor  use of iron allows distinguishes between simple and advanced o slavery o estate of systems  2 large categories of people  landowners and everyone else o Colonialism  Maintenance of political, social, economic and cultural dominance over people by a foreign power  Most important examples for today are European colonies over much of the world  Social Stratification  Structured inequality of entire categories of people who have different access to social rewards as a result of their category’s position in a social hierarchy  Economic poverty – o Success in the market  Social/prestige – o ‘social honor’, respect  political/power – o power  stratification is about how things are distributed  conflict theory is all about people trying to get things that benefit them  conflict approach doesn’t say much about stratification  social rewards tend to be distributed to individuals on the basis of the social categories assigned to the individual o Plumbers Law  Socially undesirable things are found disproportionately among people at the bottom of the social ladder o Basic Conflict  Social life is a constant battle between individuals and groups o Rational Choice Proposition  Within the limits of their information and available choices, guided by their preferences and tastes, humans will tend to maximize o Bounded Rationality Principle  People do not have perfect information to use in making decisions  One form of power = ability to control information  Reflects uncertainty  Exists about what is going on now and consequences of particular actions o Power Principle  Actors with power will tend to use it to benefit themselves  By trying to hold onto or expand their power  May also benefit other o Mosca “proof” of inevitability of stratification  Gaetano Mosca (1858-1941) offered a “proof” that all societies must be stratified  Societies require a hierarchy of authority  Someone must be able to force at least some people not to be free ridens  Free rider  someone who obtains benefits without making contributions  People higher in authority hierarchy have more power  People with power will use it to benefit themselves personally  Get more stuff than they would without power o Exploration Principle  Actors often obtain outcomes that benefit themselves by engaging in exchanges that are disadvantageous to others o Incorporation Principle  Actors become accustomed to advantages  Social advantages tend to quickly become incorporated into a person/group’s way of life  Including norms and internalized views of how the world ought to operate o Fair and Square Principle  Actors don’t give up advantages freely  Sometimes actors aren’t aware of advantages until they’re threatened o Creaming Principle  Actors with greatest appropriate resources are best able to take advantage of opportunity structure  Money is usually a valuable resource o Opportunity Hoarding  One way groups maximize their interests is by limiting opportunities so that only (or mainly) group members can take advantage of them o Catch 22 Principle  “they” can do anything to you that you can’t keep them from doing  if you want to leave the war, obviously you are sane o only when you want to stay in misery are you insane o Working the System Principle  Actors learn how to take advantage of systems that enmesh them  This is a version of uncertainty reduction  People are often resistant to give up even a lousy system once they have it figured out  Inequality  some people have more than others  Money is important in studies of inequality o Income vs. wealth  Income – refers to money received, during a period of time o Pre-tax income  Wealth – refers to economically valuable possessions o Net worth o House is most important source of wealth  Marx and Weber on Stratification o [Karl Marx] (1818-1883)  considered one of the founders or most important thinkers in sociology, political science, economies, philosophy and history  gives first modern treatment of class systems  born in west Prussia  received a “classical education” before going to college in Bonn, Berlin and Jena  fondness especially for Greek writers was lifelong  under influence of father and neighbor (Engels)  became familiar with enlightenment o idea of progress: things are just going to get better  got into deceased philosopher George Heger  received PhD in philosophy  politically unemployable as a professor, became journalist  young Hegelians  married childhood sweetheart and moved to Paris to study political economy  wrote with various radicals in Paris  The Enlightenment o Era in European intellectual history from Glorious Revolution in England (1688) to French Revolution (1789)  Emphasis was on powers of human reason  Not just in science but ethics, aesthetics and social policy  Great belief in the idea of progress  Progress was here to stay  The Enlightenment and French Revolution o French Revolution “should” have been the successful end of 100 years of enlightenment  Intellectuals marked uneasy end to optimism of the Enlightenment o Law of Progress  every day, in every way, things are getting better because we’re smarter o Ambivalence toward napoleon’s effort to be “enlightened despot”  Communist Manifesto o (1848) o most influential pamphlets of all time  by Marx and Engels o explains emergence of capitalism o predicts future of capitalism o owner controlled system will be replaced by a worker controlled system o still widely read o 10 demands  no private ownership of land  heavy progressive income tax  no rights of inheritance  free public education  abolition of child factory labor  “equal liability of all to labor”  various roles for the state in manufacturing, banking, communication, transport and planning  Marx on Stratification o “all history is the history of class conflict”  classes are defined in terms of relationships with the means of production  ruling class is class that controls means of production  economic system is foundation of the society  superstructure is rest of society’s institutions  superstructure supports the position of the ruling class  when ruling class changes, the superstructure changes o emerges from conflict  Dialectical Change o Marx borrowed Hegel’s model of dialectical change  There is an established way of doing things (thesis)  Existence of thesis generates some opposition (antithesis)  Over time conflict between thesis and antithesis yields new way of doing things (synthesis)  synthesis becomes new thesis  process repeats  called dialectic  Marx on Capitalism o Every historical epoch has its own ruling class and set of other classes  Own epoch = capitalism o Most important classes in capitalism are the bourgeoisie (capitalists, owners of factories, ruling class and proletariat factory workers) o Other classes: petit bourgeoisie (self-employed professionals, artisans, shopkeepers) would be absorbed into 2 classes o When proletariat overcomes false consciousness it will overthrow the bourgeoisie  Private property will be abolished  No bourgeoisie  False consciousness- misunderstanding by a class of its true interests o Marx was an optimist  Better than feudalism?  Marxist Utopia o Communist utopia o Rule for distributing effort and “goodies” will be from each according to his abilities and needs o Class consciousness  understanding your class’s true interests  Are objective and therefore knowable to social scientists o False consciousness  not understanding your class’s true interests o Class in itself  a class that has not recognized its real interests o Class for itself  a class that knows it’s real interests o revolution will come when consciousness change, but not before  Weber’s Spheres of Stratification o Economic/property- one’s life chances are based on the market o Social/prestige – based on “social honor” o Political/power – “the ability to influence the behavior of others, even in the absence of their consent”  Reflected in state gov’t  Weber on Class o “class” for Weber = a collection of people who are affected in the same way by the market/economy  many classes possible without shifting boundaries  more classes than Marx  one persistent boundary: between those who sell labor and those who buy labor o those who sell want high wages o those who buy wants low wages  Weber on Status o Stratification based on social honor, respect, prestige, lifestyle o Gradations of honor/respect/prestige more important in Europe than US  Weber on Power o Definition of power  The ability to influence the behavior of others, even in the absence of their consent o Definition of state  an entity which successfully claims a monopoly on the legitimate use of lethal violence o disagrees with Marx on which of property, prestige or power is most important


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